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A few months ago I took on the project of painting my bedroom. I wanted to spruce it up a bit as it still had the original 20 some year old white wall paper. I still have to buy new furniture as our bedroom set is a hand-me-down that was already used when DH got it as a teenager. We had an enormous headboard but I threw it out before I took the “before” pictures. It wasn’t so ugly, it was just huge with a mirror and lights. Made our bed stick out even further into our walking area which already isn’t that big.

I am actually a bit weirded out by showing the world my bedroom (the tiny corner of the world who actually reads my blog – thank you!) but I guess I’ll just suck it up and post these pics. But keep in mind, The furniture is going to be updated soon! πŸ˜‰

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Before, but after I took out the headboard. Also after I bought those new blackout window panels.

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I know it doesn’t show up too much in these pictures, but those strips that cover up the places where the wallpaper joins were just …. bleh! I tore all of them off and mudded the strips like they should have been done anyway. We also did this when we painted the kitchen, Tru’s room and the bathrooms when we updated them.

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During the mudding process.

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I told DH once I was done mudding there was no way he was going to come in and help me paint and thus take credit for my hard work. πŸ˜‰ I like to do the mudding myself because I do it really really well. Yes, I am bragging on myself. So I caused a ton more work on myself by not having him help me paint but, oh well.

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The first color I tried. Horrible

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The first gray I used was a gray that DH used in the studio. We love it there. But here? Wow. No way. It looked really violet. It’s because of the wood-look trim. I really dislike wood-look trim but it’s what we have and we are not in a place to replace it all right now. Plus, all the trim is nice so it seems a shame to rip it out. But it limits our color choices SO MUCH!! We can only do warm colors, nothing cool. 😦 So, to the store I went to grab another color and hope for the best.

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You see here the original white with the gray that looked lavender and finally, the new, very very light gray.

I love the new color. It isn’t a big change from the white but it makes the room look clean and fresh and with all the strips gone from the walls, it looks updated. Imagine how it will look with new and matching furniture!

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My mil got me that comforter set for Christmas when I told her I wanted to paint my room gray. I matched the curtains to it when I bought them.

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And, because we no longer had a headboard, I decided to go all diy and make a hanging headboard thingy. It’s a nice splash of color and is what I’m hoping to coordinate with.

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I will try to post the instructions for the hanging headboard soon. πŸ™‚

Because there aren’t already 10 billion yogurt recipes online, I thought I would jot down what I usually do. It is SO easy and cost effective. I am not a precise cooker. I cook with a pinch of this and a dash of that. DH bought me a food thermometer for Christmas a couple years ago and I do find that helpful for making yogurt. It is by no means necessary though and I’ve made yogurt successfully without it with no flops.

You can use any kind of milk including cow and goat milk, plant based milks and yes, even *breastmilk. I usually use 1% or whole cow’s milk. I have also started using organic soy milk for Levi since buying soy yogurt is outrageous! I haven’t yet tried Coconut milk but I plan to later this week.

For a starter, you don’t NEED a fancy culture but you can buy one if you want. You can just as easily and much more affordably use any kind of yogurt that has live and active cultures. I have used Yo Baby, different varieties of greek, and even used an uneaten bite from a tube of Go-Gurt before – to culture an entire gallon. It doesn’t have to be plain for your yogurt to turn out. I like to pick a yogurt with specific probiotic strains that I want my yogurt to have.

I also don’t have a yogurt maker. That might be a nice gadget but I use a cooler and it works perfectly every time.

Step one: Heat desired amount of milk to just before boiling. Or 180F for you precise people. This kills any bacteria that may be present in the milk.

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This is a batch of soy yogurt

Step two: Cool milk to lukewarm or 112F. I have cooled mine as low as 90F and had it turn out perfectly. It’s not a science. The milk does need to stay warm in order to incubate.

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Fancy thermometer πŸ˜‰

Step three: Add a spoonful of yogurt. I usually throw in about a tablespoonish amount for a gallon of milk. Stir around a bit. It usually doesn’t dissolve in the milk. It’s all good.

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Has 6 strains of probiotics

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Also live and active cultures. You can use any kind of yogurt really. I'm just showing a few kinds I've used.

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I was thrilled to discover that the batch I tried to to culture using Kefir, turned out beautifully. I tried googling if I could use Kefir but didn't find anything. So I tried it and it works!!

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And this is why that is such exciting news!

Step four: Place the covered container of milk (sometimes I leave it in the pan with a lid) in a cooler with a microwave hot pack. Close the lid. This keeps it warm for incubating.

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Sometimes I make a few batches at once. Usually I do a gallon of milk at once. That fancy sock has dedicated it's life to being filled with rice and warmed in the microwave for use as a hot pack.

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Another picture of the fancy sock.

Leave overnight or for 10-12ish hours. Your yogurt is ready! I like to chill mine and mix it with some sugar and vanilla. You can also stir in jam or fruit to flavor. I mix it in a fruit smoothie for DH.

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Sorry for the poor picture quality. My camera ran out of space so I had to use my phone. But we all know what yogurt looks like anyway! πŸ˜‰

You can also strain the yogurt through cheese cloth if you want greek texture yogurt. Some people add a thickener but my yogurt is already super thick once I strain it and plenty thick enough even before.

*I have tried multiple times with breastmilk but it’s never very thick at all. From my research, apparently some women don’t have much success with breastmilk due to the varying composition. Mine does get some yogurt formation and smells like yogurt. I haven’t tried a thickener in it yet but that would likely solve my problem. Either way, Tru still drinks it and he’s getting the value of breastmilk with added probiotics. Win, win.

My camera situation is figured out so I wanted to post these homemade Christmas gifts that I made for 2014.Β 

Truett's hand print.

Truett’s hand print.

I only made 2 playdoh handprints even though Tru was doing great laying his hand in the dough. I couldn’t get the dough to stop sticking to him so I made 2 of these but only painted one of them as santa. This was kind of my present from Tru to me because no way am I giving these away when I have so few of them. I also made a plaster of paris print that I like even better because the details showed up so well. πŸ™‚

3 of the 4 wreaths I made.

3 of the 4 wreaths I made.

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I have to admit that I found the idea and instructions for these wreaths on Mercy News’ blog. If you aren’t following her, you should be. She is such a woman for God. I love reading her posts. πŸ™‚

These wreaths are VERY easy. Like 30-45 minutes each. I found the burlap rolls at walmart for under $4 each. I think the frames are less than $3 there as well. I got the decorations for just cents each at Jo Ann’s Fabrics on sale. The burlap bow material was a few dollars a roll. I used probably 4 rolls. So these are actually very cost effective to make. I used the 18 inch frames I think.

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The wreath I never took a finished picture of.

 

 

I forgot to take a picture of this wreath finished. It turned out pretty I think. I didn’t do a bow on it. I went all the way around with the carnations and daisies. I actually didn’t use the green ivy. It really didn’t need it. I used a 12 inch frame for this wreath.

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The knitted dish cloths with their towels.

I knitted these 2 dish cloths and paired them with some pretty dish towels that I found. It is so fun to knit small, quick things like that. I could work on it while Tru napped. πŸ™‚

Finished chair.

Finished chair.

I didn’t think to take a before picture of this chair I repainted for Tru for Christmas. It has been outside on our porch for years. I thought it would decay before we ever had a baby and even said so. And I was almost right because the finish all wore off and it needed some cheering up but here it is! Tru loves it. He sits in it all the time. DH thinks the paint colors are hideous together…. What do you think? Is the blue weird? Tell me the truth because I have more brown to paint over the blue. I am terrible with color coordinating.

 

Here is a little of our Christmas decorating – a little as in all of it except for the stockings. I usually go all out with a village and everything. Not so this year! πŸ˜‰

Our Christmas tree. I put it up a few days before Christmas. I couldn't help myself. I usually get a full size live tree but this year it just wasn't doable with  a toddler. He left this tree alone mostly though so he may have been fine after-all.

Our Christmas tree. I put it up a few days before Christmas. I couldn’t help myself. I usually get a full size live tree but this year it just wasn’t doable with a toddler. He left this tree alone mostly though so he may have been fine after-all.

Even the deer got in the spirit. At one point he wore a santa hat. ;)

Even the deer got in the spirit. At one point he wore a santa hat. πŸ˜‰

My precious box snowman from my mom. Truett's Christmas pictures from last year.

My precious box snowman from my mom. Truett’s Christmas pictures from last year.

Our nativity.

Our nativity.

The table runner from my Grandma. Thank you! :)

The table runner from my Grandma. Thank you! πŸ™‚

The tree my brother made me YEARS ago. I have to hang it every year. It's just so cute. :)

The tree my brother made me YEARS ago. I have to hang it every year. It’s just so cute. πŸ™‚

 

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